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Episode 98: Tim Armstrong is a distressed human being (and gentrification in the Bay Area)


We kick off the show talking about AOL — from digital prophets (that man you see above) to its CEO Tim Armstrong blaming “distressed babies” for the need to roll out a terrible new 401(k) plan).

But we actually spend the majority of the show talking about reinvestment, gentrification, tech companies and the Bay Area (particularly San Francisco). There is a lot all sides in this could do to make this situation better from more housing stock to tech companies that are more invested in the communities they are headquartered in.

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Episode 80: Not going to Patch this up (and The Bezos Post)

We don’t think Patch will be patched up anytime soon.

There are the layoffs. Then there are the layoffs during conference calls. And then there are the bizarre apologies and statements about openness but not openness right now. Does Patch have much left in it? And what does this say about hyperlocal news?

We also discuss Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post. As a Washington resident, I can say that there are a lot worse things for a news organizations than being purchased by a rich guy who likes to books, logistics and the Web.

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Episode 40: iPhone comes to Cricket

talking on my banana piece

The iPhone has entered the prepaid world, and that’s big news.

We discuss the implications and our hopes that this can disrupt Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (maybe T Mobile?).

We also discuss some very interesting Twitter data from a new Pew report and AOL threatening a blogger for doing what AOL Huffington Post does.

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The most fascinating stuff on TechCrunch is about TechCrunch

The whole AOL/HuffPo/TechCrunch has reached Defcon Something-Really-Bad:

TechCrunch is on the precipice. As soon as tomorrow, Mike may be thrown out of the company he founded. Or he may not. No one knows. And if he is, he will be replaced by — well, again, no one knows. No one knows much of anything. Certainly no one at TechCrunch. This site is about to change forever and we’re in the total fucking dark. I’ve been able to piece together little bits of information here and there, and it’s not looking good. Hence, this post.

By now, if you read TechCrunch, you likely know about the nuclear situation that has exploded over the past several days. Mike unveiled an investing entity known as the “CrunchFund” with full AOL support — so much support, mind you, that they’re the largest backers of the fund — only to have his legs kicked out from under him due to what can only be described as nonsensical political infighting and really poor communication. To make matters worse, some Journalists (with a big “J” and even bigger senses of entitlement) have proceeded to pile on, despite having no real knowledge — at all — of the way TechCrunch actually works. And now here we are.

TechCrunch needs to be made into a reality TV show.